Why "Understanding Science"?
We want to improve the public understanding of science. We therefore stimulate young people's interest by means of experiments and digital learning.
We strengthen science teaching by means of up-to-date materials and accompanying teacher training courses. We also build networks between those involved in STEM subjects.
We support talented young scientists by facilitating international and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Science is a driver of change and a way of tackling the challenges of our time. Science is about exploring phenomena and physical laws, and paving the way for applied research. It enables us, for example, to live ever healthier lives and remain more active in old age, improve environmental protection and food and energy supply, and revolutionize communication. In order to preserve this innovative strength, we foster curiosity, research ambition, and talent among young scientists and promote interdisciplinary research.
In terms of the way society develops, however, it is not enough for scientists to spearhead innovation. Public understanding of research is crucial. Only then can each and every one of us take part in the overall discourse and form nuanced opinions on key issues such as the energy transition, nutrition, and genetic engineering. For this reason, we need a broad scientific education that increases scientific literacy as well as a basic understanding of research and the fact that experiments, by their very nature, produce uncertain results.